& Castle Square URC
5th September 2021
It’s the first Sunday of the month and at last Phil will physically be at Castle Square, where he is leading a discussion about their future pattern of worship. We pray for guidance and grace.
Meanwhile, at St. David’s Uniting Church, Iestyn will be leading the service as we begin our ‘season of creation’ worship alongside other faith groups worldwide.
This afternoon at 4pm, we will continue the creation-theme in a communion service, (bread and wine will be provided), at Gelliwastad Road.
Those unable to come may wish to join in the National Climate Sunday service from Glasgow Cathedral which will feature contributions from all four UK nations. To watch and worship from 3:30pm go to:
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Cyril has been kept in RGH and is seeing the Physiotherapist on Monday, when hopefully they will arrange for him to return home. We continue to hold him and the family in our prayers.
- We pray for Viviane as she travels to France to see her sister for the first time since the pandemic began. We think of all those who are unable to visit their friends and family due to ongoing restrictions.
- We pray for Claire Hughes’ brother who has a bad case of Covid in spite of being double vaccinated. Please do keep him, and the family, in the light.
- Sarah Dorrian, friend of the churches who has often joined us on zoom, is due to give birth via cesarean section this Tuesday. We hold her, husband Dan, the NHS staff, and child in our prayers.
- We think of those who have lost loved ones in recent weeks. May they be aware of the support that surrounds them.
Birthdays this week
People we know who are celebrating their birthdays this week: Thursday 9th Marlene Rayner (it’s a BIG one 80!!) Friday 10th Janet Bullock and Abel Bond – Abel will be 7. There may well be others who prefer to remain anonymous….We hope you all have great celebrations, especially Marlene!!
Thank you to everyone for the flowers, the many phone calls, the visits and all the cards I received on my birthday last week. Love to you all and God bless you. I had a wonderful week! Hilary
10.45am Zoom Service with Our Minister.
10.45am Worship at Gelliwastad Road including Communion and Church Meeting
6.00pm Zoom Storytelling service on the theme of ‘Wonders of Creation’
All morning services available on paper, on our website and on YouTube.
At 7:30 this Monday, (6th) the St. David’s Uniting Church informal worship group will be meeting on zoom. Anyone wanting to contribute to the planning of services would be very welcome to attend (through the usual Sunday worship zoom details).
On September 19th, the St. David’s Uniting Church annual meeting will take place during the morning service. Papers for the meeting will be available from next weekend and will be sent out digitally or delivered.
In advance of this, members are reminded that the position of hirings officer is vacant as Chris and Margaret Morris rightly thought a decade’s service in the role was enough. We will be thanking them at the Church Meeting and anyone interested in the role (which can be shared by more than one person) are encouraged to speak with Margaret/Chris or read through a list of the post’s responsibilities, available via Margaret or Lynda.
The Church meeting will also take place on zoom and there will be the opportunity for those not able to attend in person to pass on their responses to the papers that they will receive next weekend.
Dates for the Diary
Film Afternoon. On Wednesday 8th September, we’ll be hosting our first weekday film afternoon. You might have to bear with us as we work out what we can and can’t do within the Covid restrictions but what we can promise is a warm welcome, a cuppa, and a cinematic holiday to Massachusetts.
Gathering refreshments – 1:30pm;
Film screening – 2pm;
credits roll – 3:45pm
(at which time you’re welcome to head home or stay for a post-film chat).
Church Lunch. As a marker of our return to more physical gatherings together, we are planning to have lunch at The Heritage Hotel on Sunday 17th October. at 12 noon. The service will finish early!! ALL from Castle Square and St David’s are welcome to attend. More details will be given when received!
A Reminder !
Some weeks ago, we were asked to look back over the last 17months and complete two sentences and send a head and shoulders photograph of ourselves so a record could be compiled for posterity.
The questions were:
The thing I have learnt through lockdown is….
The thing I’ve been reminded about during lockdown is …
Well – either we’ve learnt nothing or we’ve not been reminded about anything as there have been very few responses. Our hope of creating a record for future generations to understand what the Pandemic was like for us is not looking good!
So – What’s been easy, what’s been hard?
What have you enjoyed and what you have found really difficult?
When did God feel far away and when might God have felt close?
When did you feel most drained, and when did you feel most alive?
What have you learned, what have you discovered and what have you been reminded about?
If you would like to make a contribution, send it to Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org or give to your courier.
The last day to hand in your green bottle tops. is Sunday 12th September. They will be used to create something to adorn our buildings during the Season of Creation and as we look towards the COP26 Conference in Glasgow.
Our friends in the basement have now moved to their new premises. Phil & Lynda wished the staff well and gave them a farewell present on behalf of the church and received these kind words in return –
‘We’re sorry to be leaving and will miss you all. Thank you for all your support over the last 10+ years and for our gift, you’re very kind.
We now need a volunteer to check the basement on a weekly basis. If willing, please speak with Lynda.
A Thought for the Week
You must never conclude, even though everything goes wrong, that you cannot succeed.
Even at the worst there is a way out, a hidden secret that can turn failure into success
and despair into happiness. No situation is so dark that there is not a ray of light.
Norman Vincent Peale
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To join by phone (call 0203 901 7895. then, when asked, type in the meeting ID – 894 6114 5366; followed – when asked – by the passcode – 8453605) Calls are charged at standard UK call rates.
LIVE STREAM SERVICES – to join go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA where you should be able to join the service. Don’t join too early!